A recent commission for a family portrait photoshoot in the client’s home proved to me how versatile a couple of Bowens lights and a grey paper background can be. Space was tight, which meant positioning of lights was limited, but a gridded beauty dish and strip box for fill allowed me to control the lighting sufficiently well to maintain contrast and produce my favourite style of portraiture.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm and 56mm lens. Lit with Bowens Gemini 500R monolights.
I spent a recent Sunday in a studio with a selection of themed sets. This American set was one of my favourites, and I tried out a two light setup with a gridded beauty dish as the main light and a gridded reflector as a secondary light on the back wall, with Charlotte as my model. Lit with Bowens Gemini lights and shot with a Fuji X-Pro1 with XF35mm lens.
I put out a last minute call for a model to help me with a test shoot to try out some new lighting setups in the studio. Shoot was scheduled for a Monday so I knew the chances of getting a model arranged was pretty slim, but Melissa came to my rescue and was a star !
I have never worked with Melissa before, but she was a true professional and we managed to create a set of great images for both our portfolios. And it means I have additional lighting setups in my arsenal, tried and tested and ready to use in the studio.
I spend a lot of time with test shoots, using models to try out new lighting setups and ideas which I can then bring to commissioned shoots. The image above was created using a single strip box – feathered to create a nice light fall off across the subject. A very easy one light setup which is nice and portable to homes and office locations.
Second image above was a bit more complex, with a a feathered Octabox as main and two gridded reflectors behind and pointing at the subjects shoulders to create a nice backlight.
Third and fourth images were created using a single gridded beauty dish against the graffiti covered shutters of the studio, an ideal setup for teenager fashion shoots.
For every studio shoot, I aim to use four or five different setups, with the subject changing clothes each time, so that the end result is an excellent set of images to choose from for model portfolios or portrait albums.
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The image above is one of a set made during a model photoshoot in the Leicester studio. Gridded beauty dish and telephoto lens, plus another gridded light for 3/4 backlight. I have worked with Sara before, so we were able to hit the ground running and captured some lovely images from the session.
I love the one-on-one focus and interraction with an individual photoshoot. It allows me time to get to know the client a bit more than I would with a small group family photoshoot.
I had the pleasure of recently photographing the same client in two different environments – the first in a lovely local park for an environmental photoshoot, and then again a couple of weeks later in the studio to create more dramatic imagery, which can only really be created in the studio where full control of lighting is possible.
1st image is from the studio photoshoot, lit with a single Bowens head through a gridded beauty dish.
2nd image is from the environmental photoshoot, lit with a single Bowens head through a brolly, powered by a TravelPak.
I did a test shoot recently in the studio with Grace, a new local model with a great look and who is very easy to work with. I used the opportunity to try out some different lighting setups with Octaboxes and gridded beauty dishes, whilst Grace was able to start building up her modelling portfolio.
We had a very successful couple of hours in the studio trying out a mixture of low and high key lighting with a variety of poses in a relaxed environment. I am looking forward to working with Grace again in the near future.
I managed to thread myself through the Monday morning traffic yesterday to get to the NEC in Birmingham for the annual Focus-On-Imaging show for all things photographic. The M6 was at standstill again with warning of long delays. Luckily for me, the queue to get on the M6 was so long that I managed to divert and go through Coventry, avoiding much of the pain.
Focus 2010 was for me a rather underwhelming affair. The stands of ‘trainer extrodinaire’ Damien Lovegrove, my printing and presentational product supplier Loxley Colour and framing specialists Ultimat stood out amongst the weathered crowd. 2009 saw off some well known names in the photographic industry, not least Spicer Hallfield who had a massive stand last year.
But there was plenty of spending being done yesterday, with a noticeable amount of people walking around with new A3 printers. I think the price point for these have reached a level where they are becoming much more appealing.
I myself splashed out on a light shaping honeycombe grid for my urban portrait work and I also have a new Bowens beauty dish to try out in the next few days for portrait work.
I will be incorporating some of Loxleys exciting new products for 2010 into my own product range for this year. Loxley have some fantastic offerings – their canvas prints really are top quality and will look fantastic on living room walls throughout the country.